WELCOME TO ( WEST YORKSHIRE BIRDING )
KEEPING BIRDING LOCAL.

BLOG UPDATED DAILY AROUND 2000 HRS.

ANY COMMENTS, QUERIES, INPUT ETC WILL BE WELCOME AND CAN BE SENT DIRECT TO MY
E MAIL AT THE ADDRESS BELOW, ALTERNATIVELY
TEXT OR WHATSAPP. 07771 705024.

CLICK ON PHOTOS TO ENLARGE THEM.

E MAIL ADDRESS :-
Briansumner51@hotmail.com

No wildlife sightings including Roe Deer, Fox, Hare or Badger will be mentioned on this blog throughout the year due to the rising influx of poaching, long dogging and lamping by sick individuals. BS.


Sunday, August 7, 2016

Oxenhope Reservoir early p.m. visit. Scoters on the move

   3 m Common Scoter, as usual a distance away.

          Kept flying a circuit then back on the water

      Took the centre bird to be a 1st summer male !






 Hard to see in the rough water

                                      In to land



A check for Scoter yesterday evening found nothing on Oxenhope and then this morning a text from CK alerted me to 3 males which arrived last light yesterday or early morning today.
A dash up there in a spare hour early afternoon found the 3 still present but very distant, as always , in the centre of the water which was very rough in the wind creating troughs and waves which the birds were lost amongst.
1 of the Scoters looked like the others on the water apart from lack of knobble on its bill but in flight was very pale looking almost Mallard like. I believe this to be a first year male.
The 3 remained throughout my visit but kept flying a circuit of the water before landing back in the same place.
Well done to Chris King for getting up there this morning and turning them up.

3m Common Scoter
c 400 LBB
c100 BHG
21 Herring
76 Lapwing
+ usual sp
Still a lack of waders even with sandy shoreline full length of the western bank and several pools exposed.
BS

3 comments:

Bradshaw Rambler said...

Nice one Bri.

Great to get Scoter in flight as well - they are normally little dots miles away aren't they?

John

David Sutcliffe said...

Nice one with the scoters - unusual to see one with such a pale wing !

Brian sumner said...

Thats right Dave. No white on its neck ruling out juv. Can only put it as 1st summer bird going by the books.